Farewell to Europe

25 May

This is our last evening in Europe. Tomorrow we fly out of Frankfurt to Iceland and on to Toronto. I am sitting in the little apartment of the yellow house pictured above and nursing an injured neck–or at least a very painful stiff neck, the result, I think, of schlepping around these bags for the last month, and also from spending an entire day with my head up looking at beautiful frescoed ceilings. (The other photo is of the gorgeous garden across the street from the apartment in Muffendorf, Bonn.) My mood, then, is rather subdued. I will, of course, write more specific blog ruminations once we get home, but right now, I thought I should at least say a few words before departing after this 9-month journey.

We have lots of wonderful memories from this trip, and a tremendous amount of thanks to all of our generous people! We have made lots of new friends, revisited old friends, and seen so many places that were on our bucket list that we will have to make a new bucket list when we get home.  Except for the Great Robbery of Barcelona and few typically rude people in Berlin, we have enjoyed every single minute of the trip.  Part of the enjoyment has been that there has been something new to do nearly every day, and we haven’t had to deal with boredom much (I get bored easily). Another aspect is that we have been able to avoid thinking about what we are going to do with the rest of our lives, and with our precarious financial situation. (Do we sell the house that we can no longer afford? Do we move somewhere else? If so, where? What are we going to do to occupy ourselves every day when we don’t have another museum to visit or a train/plane to catch?)

While we have certainly learned that Europe has its great share of problems–rising right-wing governments, financial disasters in some countries, and xenophobia–we have also recognized even more strongly than before that we would like to live a European life. Leaving Vienna was really saddening! This may be an illusion, but the best reasons we are coming home are to see that beautiful new baby grandson, and to figure out what kind of situation we can arrange for our future. If it weren’t for these factors (i.e., kiddos and money), we would come back, sell up, and move here!

And if the unthinkable happens–of which I am not even going to mention his name–we have our exit strategy in place!  More on all of this later, but for now, wish us well on our journey home, and LOVE to all of our European friends!!! We couldn’t have done it without your support!


6 Responses to “Farewell to Europe”

  1. worldinsidemypocket May 25, 2016 at 4:46 pm #

    Hope you enjoy your future trips and glad you had a great time in Europe!

    • esauboeck May 25, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

      Thank you! We will be back, of course, but we would like to live here!

  2. Albert Brancato and Michael von Selle May 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Erika and George, it was such an honor to have you here, literally just around the corner. I don’t know what I’ll do without such interested, interesting, and curious friends to talk to now that you will be gone. Maybe I’ll go on retreat at Maria Laach for a while and sort out my past 68 years and plan the next 32. Being with the two of you was like being in college again – the most interesting and creative years of my life. Michael and I will miss you . . . Hugs to both of you from both of us.

    • esauboeck May 25, 2016 at 6:58 pm #

      Albert, the pleasure was all ours!!! You were such a wonderful and knowledgeable guide, and we loved every minute of our conversations! Let’s do it again!

  3. Martha May 26, 2016 at 6:20 am #

    Aloha Erica and George, we are deeply saddened that we will no longer live vicarously through your blogs and Facebook postings. On to the next chapter. Ben and I are curious as to how that will unfold as we are just starting to envison how it will be to not be working full time as the resident managers at Hale Hui Kai. Can you get to Maui before we retire?

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